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Name: Piranacon
Series: Generation 1
Allegiance: Decepticon
Function: Undersea Warrior
Alternate Mode: N/A - Gestalt comprising Nautilator, Overbite, Seawing, Skalor, Snaptrap & Tentakil.



Note: Piranacon should rightfully be called "Piranhacon", as the fish is called Piranha (pi-RAN-ya in Portuguese). I'm not sure if it was a typo or a stylistic decision by Hasbro, but I thought I should mention this anomaly.

COMBINED ROBOT MODE
Height: 22cm Width: 22cm (depending on who forms the arms, this will vary)

   A six member Gestalt team, Snaptrap forms the central unit, four of the five others form the limbs and the remaining member forms the gun - making Piranacon a Targetmaster Gestalt. The limbs and guns are interchangeable, although some work better in some positions that others. The hands have square-peg sockets to accommodate the pegs of the gun modes.

   Anyway, the "standard" plan sees Skalor and Tentakil as the legs, Nautilator and Seawing as the arms and Overbite as the gun. This makes sense, since Tentakil & Skalor have the same colours, Seawing and Nautilator likewise, and Overbite has a unique colour scheme (being the only Seacon to feature purple). In addition, Overbite makes for a kickass gun, too.

   Having said that, Nautilator makes a somewhat poor arm in my opinion, since he's got the legs which can't fold out of the way, instead sticking out the front and back. What I prefer to do is use him in lobster mode, with the post of one of the stands attached to his mouth, as the gun. Not only does he form a cool gun this way, his legs can actually fold over the hand holding him, which is a nice effect. Either way, Nautilator and Overbite both work as guns.

   One good thing about this set is that the toys don't have identical colour schemes yet still have a uniform scheme. The combination of sea green, black, blue, pink & magenta (as well as the purple on Overbite) works very well, especially with his very merman like head. Oh, his head is sea green with a black face and yellow eyes. His chestplate is Snaptrap's green shield, his hands are black and his feet magenta. He's able to hold Snaptrap's big black handgun (it's dwarfed by the Targetmaster component, mind you) and he also comes with a big pink sword.

VARIATIONS

   None as such, though this set was repainted and renamed (and stripped of Nautilator) in Beast Wars Second as God Neptune.

OVERALL

   Sure, some of the individual Seacons aren't great, and some are good toys. But the fact is they work very well as a set, and blend very well as Piranacon. I don't really have any complaints about Piranacon himself, but since Seawing and Nautilator are somewhat weak, I'm not going to recommend you run out and buy a Gestalt that never appeared in the show. Basically, if you like the square peg style of Gestalt, this set is worth it. Four of the six are good toys, anyway, so overall I'll give him 8/10

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